Laser Tattoo Removal

The Science Behind Laser Tattoo Removal – The Basics

Laser Tattoo Removal works by directing controlled laser emissions at specific wavelengths in a series of pulses t​o the selected tattoo. This causes the ink particles to shatter which in the days and weeks following a laser treatment, is flushed away by your body’s own immune system causing the tattoo to fade. Over a series of treatments, more and more of the ink shatters, leaving the skin free of any unwanted tattoo ink.

Not all Tattoo Removal Lasers are created equal.

Q:Switching, Nanosecond & Picosecond – The Facts.

Laser Tattoo Removal uses a technique called Q:Switching which safely delivers high peak power over short and ultra-short pulse durations in order to break down unwanted ink which can then be eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. Q:Switched lasers have differing pulse durations which create varying peak powers. That Pulse Duration (often referred to as Nanosecond and Picosecond) determines the mechanism in which the unwanted ink is broken down.

Shorter Pulse Durations create higher peak powers generating pressure waves inside the ink particles causing them to shatter without affecting the surrounding tissue. Longer Pulse Durations create lower peak power relying predominately on a photo-thermal mechanism (heat) to break down the ink. Lasers that rely on thermal energy typically require more sessions with longer intervals due to dermal heat creation in order to limit the risk of side effects such as blistering and scarring.

Can you treat my Skin type with Pico Laser Tattoo Removal?

Thanks to our advanced technology and full spectrum lasers, we can perform laser tattoo removal for any colour tattoo on almost anyone, including those with darker skin tones, as long as you have a suitable medical history.

How many laser treatments does it take to remove a tattoo?

It really depends on individual factors such as depth of ink, colour, age of tattoo etc. It can take up to 6 months to two years to fully remove a tattoo. Treatments are usually administered with gaps of 4 to 6 weeks between sessions. Usually, clients need 6-8 treatments. If you have a new tattoo, you must wait a minimum of 3 months before commencing treatment. At your laser tattoo removal consultation, Your Practitioner will be able to give you a better indication of how many sessions you may need and answer any other questions you have about laser tattoo removal.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

It’s not painful however it can be an uncomfortable experience. We offer numbing cream to help desensitise the area to be treated. Most clients opt for a topical numbing cream and don’t usually find the treatments too bad.

Are there any side effects of laser tattoo removal?

With our Pico Laser Tattoo Removal workstation typically patients don’t report any undesired side effects. Our laser uses a pure photoacoustic mechanism to shatter ink particles hence very little to no heat is generated within the skin which usually is the main cause for side effects. With older technologies blistering, scarring & pigmentation is more common.

What are the results like after undergoing the Laser Tattoo Removal procedure?

Excellent! Once you complete your course of Laser Tattoo Removal you should see up to 98% clearance of your tattoo although it is important to mention results do vary from person to person based on your individual case.

Do I need to prepare prior to having laser tattoo removal?

You should avoid tanning and sunbeds for the duration of your treatment on the area where your tattoo is being removed.

Prior to each session, it may be necessary to apply a topical numbing cream to desensitise the area as this can usually take up to1hour before patients can fully feel the effects.


1-3 cm area £50 per session
4-8 cm area £80 per session
9-15 cm area £130 per session
16-20 cm area £200 per session
Patch Test £30